Do you ever have Eeyore-type days?  You remember Eeyore, right?  He is the gloomy, depressed, old grey stuffed donkey who is a friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. Once in a while I have days like that.  Sometimes the world just seems sad, like if you looked at a globe it would have a frowny face.

Yesterday was NOT one of those days.  In fact, at the end of the day I realized that all day long I was reminded of how good the world really is!

The morning started with a little friendship I have with Isaiah.  Ya, Isaiah from the Bible.  I mean it, he is becoming my friend.  The more I get to know him by reading the 66 chapters he contributed to the Bible, the more I like him.  Elder Gene R. Cook (who is in the ward we moved from) made a comment in Sunday School last April.  I wonder if he remembers making it and I wonder if others took it as literally as I did.  He said if we want to understand the book of Isaiah, we need to read it 10-15 times.  Whoa.  That’s a lot.  My first thought was, “I’m gonna do that!”  My second thought was, “Um, could you please clarify…do I need to read it ten times or 15?”  I’m on my fourth read through.  This time I’m studying along with a fantastic book that is helping me understand a lot more than I ever could on my own.  Starting the day with Isaiah made me happy.

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Then I took to the treadmill.  The treadmill and I aren’t as good of friends as me and Isaiah, but we get along fine.  As I ran, I listened to a book that I downloaded – it’s by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I love their show Fixer Upper.   From what I can tell from television, they seem to be delightful people and the book is only endearing them to me even more.  They embrace adventure, positivity, family, God, creativity and joy.  I like them.

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I’ve been wanting to go to a movie for months now, but there hasn’t been anything that really peaked my interested, until The Shack. We saw it last night and I really enjoyed it.  I cried the good kind of tears.

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The day felt good and that made me feel happy.

I’ve taken up a new hobby that also makes me happy.  I’ve been making leather cuffs from up-cycled leather belts and adding inspirational phrases.  I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but a lot of the jewelry I do wear has words of motivation.  I love looking at my wrist and seeing words that keep me believing and working towards my goals.

Blog to you soon,

Hilary